Classic TV:The Wonder Years

January 31, 1988 - May 12, 1993

The Wonder Years was a groundbreaking show since it won an Emmy after only six episodes of the show had aired. In addition Fred Savage was the youngest actor nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of  Kevin Arnold an adolescent who was struggling to find his way in the world.

The show is still being shown on the Hub channel during prime time and late at night when this was written in May of 2011.

Daniel Stern narrated the series, being the grown-up voice of Kevin relating what Kevin was thinking as a youth. Stern is best remembered for being one of the bad guys in the first two Home Alone movies.

Fred Savage shown as a youngster.


The show is about the Arnold family, but focuses on Kevin Arnold. The main focus of Kevin on the shows is Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper, the girl of his dreams. She was played by Danica McKellar, who today is a world class mathematician.

Kevin uses every tactic he can think of to get Winnie to notice him. The episodes show Kevin gradually reaching the point of  having Winnie as his girlfriend.

The last episode of the series does not end well for Kevin when he sees Winnie kissing another boy and loses his car and money in a poker game, then returns home.

Savage was 11 when the first episode aired in 1988 and will be 35 in July. He is currently a producer for the televison series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Jason Hervey of The Wonder Years seen at a younger age and a more recent photo..


Jason Hervey, who played Kevin’s brother Wayne seemed to make it his mission in life to give Kevin as much grief as possible. Hervey was 15 when the first episode was shown and is now 39 years old.

Hervey has been seen on television rarely since the last episode of Wonder Years.

He was the Senior Vice-President of Media and Communications for HealthSouth. The troubled company was involved in a major fraud scandal, with Hervey suing his employer for $300,000.

Then he became involved with wrestling production as the executive producer of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and currently is executive producer of Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling and has also produced reality shows such as Scott Baio is 45.

Fred Savage and Danica McKellar shown during their "Wonder Years".


Danica McKellar, perhaps known better as Winnie Cooper to fans of The Wonder Years, graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics. Danica combined with a professor and another student to write this theorem, look at Page 3 to really grasp how skilled Danica is at mathematics:

Danica McKellar 34, and composer Mike Verta 36, were married on March 22, 2009.

The wedding of Danica McKellar and Mike Verta was held at a church in La Jolla, California at sunset. Dan Lauria and Allie Mills who portrayed the parents of Kevin were present at the ceremony. No mention was made of Fred Savage being at the wedding.

McKellar and Verta had been dating for eight years before their marriage. They welcomed their first child a son named Draco, into the world 18 months later on September 7, 2010.

Dan Lauria and Alley Mills who played Jack and Norma Arnold on The Wonder Years from 1988-1993.


Dan Lauria who portrayed Jack Arnold  was 40 when The Wonder Years was shown for the first time. He was Detective Harry Dupnik on Cagney and Lacy before joining the cast of The Wonder Years. Lauria is 64 today and has been active since leaving The Wonder Years appearing as a free-lance actor in a plethora of television series. He appears in the movie Here’s The Kicker which has been completed, but not yet released to movie theaters.

Alley Mills was 36 when The Wonder Years debuted. She married actor Orson Bean when she was 41 for her first marriage and they have been married for 18 years with her having turned 60 earlier this month. She is currently acting in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful with her playing Pamela Douglas.

Olivia D'Abo who played the daughter Karen Arnold on The Wonder Years.

Olivia D’Abo was born in England 42 years ago and was Karen Arnold the only daughter of  her television parents Jack and Norma Arnold. She seemed to be an afterthought on The Wonder Years with her seeming to be in the background on most episodes and appeared in less episodes (65) than the other actors.

She has been seen since the departure of The Wonder Years in many television series and has done some movie work. Her last major role was as Nicole Wallace on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Olivia can be seen in the following video as she talks about Law and Order and plays the guitar:

Olivia D’Abo seen playing her guitar.


Most shows we watch on television quickly seem to evaporate from our memory, but the shows that really connect with us and stay with us forever are shows that are about life itself, the struggles, the joys and the goals that are someday realized.

The Wonder Years is one of those shows. There have not been any new episodes of the show made for 18 years, yet we continue to watch it because it represents television at its best.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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